MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Amherst College men's squash team suffered a 6-3 setback to Bowdoin College in the quarterfinal round of Summers Cup (C Division) competition on Friday at the CSA Team National Championships. Falling into the consolation bracket, the 20th-ranked Lord Jeffs will play No. 24 Connecticut College tomorrow at 11 a.m. while 21st-ranked Bowdoin advances to play No. 17 Middlebury.
The Jeffs (10-13) and Polar Bears (13-9) split their pair of regular season matches, with Amherst notching a 6-3 win at the NESCAC Championships on Feb. 3 to secure the higher seed entering this weekend's national tournament. Momentum returned to Bowdoin on Friday, however, as the Polar Bears dominated the bottom of the scorecard, with only No. 1 Noah Browne '16, No. 4 Dave Kerr '14 and No. 6 Max Kardon '15 managing wins for the Jeffs.
In a battle of recently-named All-NESCAC first-teamers, Browne won his second straight meeting with Bowdoin's Andrew Hilboldt '13 atop the lineup. After the Amherst rookie jumped out to a 2-0 lead with wins of 11-7 and 11-9, Hildboldt battled back to win a tight third game, 11-9, but Browne was too much in the fourth, powering to an 11-6 triumph and a 3-1 match win.
Things were worse for Amherst in the next two lineup spots, however, as Bowdoin's Stephan Danyluk '14 raced past Charles Loesch-Quintin '13 at No. 2, taking the opener 11-7 before breezing to the 3-0 sweep with 11-2 and 11-3 wins. Scott DeSantis '15 provided a stronger challenge at No. 3, rallying after William Fantini '13 took the opener 11-3 to post a dramatic 12-10 win and even it at 1-1. Fantini was too much the rest of the way, however, winning 11-8 and 11-7 for the 3-1 triumph.
Kerr picked up Amherst in the No. 4 match, taking an exciting five-gamer from Matt Cooper '16 as he rebounded from an 11-8 first-game setback to post 11-9 and 11-7 wins. Cooper bounced back with an 11-5 triumph in the fourth, but Kerr regained control in the fifth en route to an 11-7 win.
The No. 5 tilt was even closer, but this time Amherst found itself on the losing end as Alex Southmayd '15 came up just short to Reid Wilson '14. Wilson took the opener 11-6 but things tightened up from that point as each of the next four games were decided by an 11-9 score. Southmayd couldn't string consecutive wins together, however, taking the second and fourth but falling in the fifth for a 3-2 setback.
Continuing the thrilling run of matches in the middle of the scorecard, Kardon grabbed a 1-0 lead at No. 6 as he topped Max Bearse '15 in the opener, 11-8. The Polar Bear sophomore recovered with an 11-5 second-game win before a marathon third also went to Bearse, 15-13. Kardon was not finished, however, regaining control of the match in the fourth and dominating the final two games, 11-4 and 11-5, as he pulled out Amherst's third win of the day.
In the decisive matches of the contest, however, Bowdoin swept the bottom three lineup spots with Amherst not managing to win a single game at Nos. 7-9. Stephen Cacouris '16 fought hard at No. 7, but couldn't break through in three close games with Andrew Ward '15, falling 11-9, 11-9 and 12-10. Jake Albert '15 couldn't hang with Will Winmill '14 in the eighth slot (11-7, 11-5, 11-3) and Rodrigo Quan Miranda '14 gave Alex Reisley '16 a run in the first and third but also suffered a sweep by scores of 12-10, 11-5 and 11-9.
With Middlebury beating Conn. College, 7-2, the Jeffs and Camels will square in the consolation semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Wesleyan Courts. Amherst has a pair of wins over Conn. College this season, triumphing 5-4 on Jan. 13 before a 7-2 win at the NESCAC Championships on Feb. 1.
CSA Championship Brackets
NO. 21 BOWDOIN 6, NO. 20 AMHERST 3
1. Noah Browne (A) def. Andrew Hilboldt (B), 3-1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6)
2. Stephan Danyluk (B) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-3)
3. William Fantini (B) def. Scott DeSantis (A), 3-1 (11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7)
4. Dave Kerr (A) def. Matt Cooper (B), 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7)
5. Reid Wilson (B) def. Alex Southmayd (A), 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9)
6. Max Kardon (A) def. Max Bearse (B), 3-2 (11-8, 5-11, 13-15, 11-4, 11-5)
7. Andrew Ward (B) def. Stephen Cacouris (A), 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 12-10)
8. Will Winmill (B) def. Jake Albert (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-3)
9. Alex Reisley (B) def. Rodrigo Quan Miranda (A), 3-0 (12-10, 11-5, 11-9)
10. Kelvin Chen (A) def. Mico Lim (B), 3-1 (11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3)